Interface Explorations

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Oltra-Massuet, Isabel: Deverbal Adjectives at the Interface. A Crosslinguistic Investigation into the Morphology, Syntax and Semantics of -ble. XIV/342 S. - Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter, 2013.
ISBN: 978-1-61451-064-2
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E-Book (PDF). Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter. ISBN: 978-1-61451-065-9

This volume explores the syntax, semantics, and morphology of -ble adjectives within Distributed Morphology. It presents a decompositional analysis of -ble that captures intralinguistic variation and accounts for morphologically more complex languages. It contributes novel empirical data. First, the grammaticality of -ble formations derived from unergatives and unaccusatives in Spanish is argued to be a function of their exoskeletal properties in interaction with language-specific facts and features of the grammar of cognation, degrees, quantification and Aktionsart. A previously unnoticed correlation between the Spanish data and a cognate configuration with unaccusatives in English reinforces the proposal. Second, the grammaticality of denominal -ble adjectives in Romance and their absence in English relates aspects of the internal structure of -ble to issues pertaining to the eventive properties and syntactico-semantic status of the base nouns. This crosslinguistic proposal implicates central issues in the syntax-semantics-morphology interface, e.g. cross category derivations, locus of variation, or status of impossible words.


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Acknowledgements S. VII
List of abbreviations S. XIII
1.   Introduction S. 1
2.   -BLE S. 24
3.   Case Study 1: V todo lo Vble? S. 165
4.   Case study 2: N-ble S. 253
5.   Conclusions and directions for further research S. 305
References S. 319
Index S. 339